This talk reviews the final item on the list of the 52 cetasikas, the categories of factors that condition the process of self-organization in the mind, focusing on Panna (pahn-yah), the Wisdom cetasika. Wisdom is the manifestation of the holistic coordination and integration of a large number of other cetasikas, which are enumerated in the attached notes as well as being verbally reviewed during the talk. The review is intended to describe how the various mind conditioning factors interact to structure the sense of self and the important role highly developed insightful awareness plays in creating the conditions that mature from conceptual understanding of Wisdom to actual realization of the three characteristics: Anicca, Dukkha and Anatta. The fundamental importance of Panna is reviewed as an element of the Noble Eightfold Path, a key element of the Buddhist way to spiritual Awakening. An accompanying recording “Guided Cultivating Wisdom Meditation”, presented earlier in the evening, is intended to supplement this talk.
Here are the notes prepared for this review: Realizing Wisdom
It is customary for our group to dedicate Thanksgiving Eve, which this year is November 25, to a review of the nature of gratitude as an important realization on the path to Awakening, and which is appropriate as the theme for Thanksgiving.